Local Motion doesn’t just support biking and blading — they get behind walking as well. They’re a great source for information about trails.
This non-profit group is the authority when it comes to biking through the Green Mountain state. Check out their website’s interactive trail map. Or call ’em with questions.
Ski its expert terrain “if you can,” as the slogan goes, but leave your snowboard at home. No boarders allowed.
The Mad River Glen of the South — lots of ungroomed natural terrain and other gnarly stuff. Hit it right after it snows.
Not as dinky as it seems — the college-oriented Snow Bowl has some of the best steeps around. The Midd alpine ski team trains here.
Another destination area, the Bike Touring Center at Millstone Hill in East Barre maintains a 40-plus-mile network of bike trails — both challenging singletrack and more moderate ones — that circle dozens of old granite quarries and “grout” pile lookouts.
At just over 4000 feet, Mt. Abe is one of Vermont’s tallest peaks. Along with Mt. Ellen, it’s on the section of Long Trail between the Appalachian and Lincoln gaps. An easier approach is via a side trail in the town of Lincoln.
From a distance, Vermont’s tallest peak resembles a human face. But you’ll notice steep rocks, tight crevices and even some ladders as you pass over the “Forehead” “Nose” and “Chin.” It’s a long, strenuous hike up the popular Sunset Ridge Trail.
Mt. Philo is the perfect high-altitude locale for picnics with friends — your less adventurous buds can drive up the 968 ft. peak. Open from Memorial Day Weekend until October 19 every year. Drivers and walkers pay a fee at the top.